Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Bunny Craft & Writing About the Easter Bunny

I love, love, LOVE this time of year!  With Easter fast approaching, I thought I'd share some posts I did a couple years ago.  Enjoy!
Original Post Date 3/30/12

My class was so happy that we got to hang out with our 3rd grade buddies two days in a row.  We started this project yesterday and finished today. We stuffed them with grass, jelly beans and a chocolate.  I love the way they turned out!  And all the students had so much fun making them!
*I've added this project as a FREEBIE in my TpT store, click below to grab the directions and bunny ear templates.  If you download, please leave some love! Thanks!

Original Post Date 3/28/12
This week my students can't stop talking about the Easter Bunny.  I love hearing all about it! It's so fun!!! So I'm sharing what I used today for students to write their little hearts out - all about the Easter Bunny.  Visit my Tpt store to download! Click HERE

*I recently updated this little freebie so the download will look a bit different than these samples show.*

I had students draw a picture of the Easter Bunny to put above their writing.  On the left I plan to add a picture I took of each student today.  I had them wear bunny ears while holding an Easter basket and some carrots.  The pictures are SO CUTE. :)

Looking at these pictures brings back many happy memories.  I hope these posts will help you make great memories for you and your students too!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

And the winner is.....

And the winner is.....Michelle Jaquillard! Congrats Michelle! A big thanks to everyone else who played along.  Did you miss out? Like my facebook page to get the news on all my giveaways, sneak peaks, updates and freebies!  If you head over there now, you'll see a bit of news about tomorrow.  Click on the picture below to go there now.  See you there!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

All About Leprechauns Giveaway and a FREEBIE

In my last post I told you all about the leprechaun fun I have with my students every year.  I forgot to add this little St. Patrick's Day freebie.  I encourage my students to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, so I decided to make these reminder bracelets and share them with you!  Click on the picture to download.

Graphics are from Scrappin Doodles.

Then I got to thinking, since I'm doing another St. Patrick's Day post, why not try a little giveaway?  Enter below to win my All About Leprechauns unit!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!  I will announce the winner on Saturday :)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All About Leprechauns

That time of year is fast approaching.  Do you love having a little leprechaun fun in your classroom? I do!!! Every March, my classroom has been visited by a leprechaun.  This is how it starts...

I read this little book that comes with this plush leprechaun.  This book is so fun because would you believe it, that leprechaun is real?! Every morning for about a week, the students discover that the leprechaun has moved to a new spot in the classroom (always somewhere out of reach).  The night before St. Patrick's Day we set a trap for the leprechaun and try to catch him.  But alas, he is always too tricky for us.  Before he leaves our classroom for good he makes a memorable exit.  On St. Patrick's Day students walk into the classroom to find posters hung upside down, chairs turned over, table baskets on the wrong tables, and all sorts of leprechaun mischief.  Yes, it's wild when the students see what's happened to the classroom but it's one of the best days of the whole year.  Here is a link to the book at Barnes and Noble.

One fun thing that students can't get over is seeing leprechaun footprints all over the classroom tables.  Unfortunately I can't find a single picture of them, but I will tell you how I make them.  
1. Clench your fist and dip the pinky side of your fist into green tempura paint.
2. Stamp your fist where you want the foot prints.
3. Dip a few of your fingers in the paint and stamp at the top of the footprint for toes.
Now you have leprechaun footprints! 

Sometimes the leprechaun will leave a note for the class and on lucky years (when I can find them) he will leave the students each a chocolate coin.  The last time I found them they were at Cost Plus World Market.

I always encourage students to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but if they don't I'm ready to hand out green shamrock stickers

To help us get in the leprechaun spirit, we make leprechaun hats and beards.  This picture is from several years ago and doesn't do these justice.  They are adorably hilarious to see on the students and they have so much fun with them!

This year I decided to expand the leprechaun fun and put together an All About Leprechauns unit! The unit includes the directions and templates for the leprechaun hats and beards, an original book about leprechauns, leprechaun writing resources and more!  Click on the picture below to get a closer look.

Do leprechauns visit your classroom? I'd love to hear about it!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Presidents Day FREEBIE

Just a quick post to share this George and Barack freebie with you.  Click on the picture to download!

BTW If you are still prepping for Valentine's Day, you should check out my long vowel review activity pack!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Groundhog Day Songs FREEBIE

It's almost Groundhog Day!  I've put together some cute Groundhog Day songs I've enjoyed teaching my students over the years and wanted to share them with you.  Each song is in color and black/white.  I figured you can use the color versions for projecting on an interactive whiteboard and the black/white versions for students to have their own copy.  Click on the picture below to grab them! Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Getting Organized!

Organizing the Home Office

I love organization, but when it comes to my desk I'm not always great at keeping it up.  My desk at home needed some major help.  I had the old desk since I was in HIGH SCHOOL! <gasp>  At the time I'm sure I thought it was great, but 14 years after high school.....not so much not at all.  I've kept the desk in our spare bedroom where, thankfully, no one really had to see it.  But then we had our daughter and the spare bedroom became a nursery.  That meant that the desk had to come out into the open(our living room), no longer hidden from society.  I put off getting a new desk for a loooooong time.  Why?  Mostly because I didn't feel like spending the money on a new one when the old one was still functional - although incredibly small and ugly.   I HATED looking at that thing, and then my daughter discovered the cords that were crudely exposed behind/under it (nightmare!).  So, happy Black Friday to me - I got a NEW desk!!!! I found a good deal online and I'm very happy with my purchase.  It has lots of space and storage - just what I needed!

Organizing for Tpt/TN, Blog, and Life

Another organizational purchase I made recently was this Erin Condren Take Note! Notebook.  It is PERFECT for what I need.  I got it with a calendar and I'm using it to keep track of all of my project ideas for Tpt/TN, blogging, and of course family stuff.  After I've used it for a couple of months I will be giving it a review here on my blog and let you know how it's working for me.  I love looking at it. Can you guess why? ;)

Organizing for the Classroom

Binder cover from Under the Apple Tree.  Page inside the binder from Made for 1st Grade

Something that I did last year for my classroom was make these binders for each month.  I keep most of the seasonal things I use in them.  While I still keep a lot of things in a file cabinet, these binders have been a handy addition for keeping organized.  I found most of the binders I use on clearance at Walmart after their back to school sales.  Aren't the covers cute?!

Head on over to Blog Hoppin and see how other teacher bloggers are organizing for the new year.  Happy organizing!